Category Archives: Future of the Profession

Being Mentored

“I don’t know why I failed,” I groaned.  “How much did you study?” he asked.  I responded, “A lot!”  “Did you keep track of how many hours you studied?” he followed up.  “No, I guess I should,” and the lightbulb went on. Mentors have helped me immensely along my journey as an actuary.  I am … Read more »

Why I Mentor

A friend, David, asked me recently, “Why do you mentor?”It was during a casual conversation and I gave a casual answer, “Because someone asked me to mentor.”  As I reflected on the conversation later, however, I realized that my response while mostly true did not give David very useful insight into my motivations and passions … Read more »

Join the Diversity Impact Group to Contribute to our DE&I Efforts

This summer has seen a lot of activity related to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) efforts within the CAS and the broader actuarial profession, and there’s much more on the way. CAS members have a strong passion for DE&I issues, and we are aware of growing interest among members to get involved with this work. … Read more »

Six Books for Actuaries to Excel at Leadership, Strategy and Communication

These are six books that have helped me the most in my actuarial career. It’s not enough to just read these books; you need to practice the skills that they teach. Luckily, volunteering for the CAS gives you ample opportunity to practice these skills. So, I encourage you to go forth and read, practice and … Read more »

Highlights from the March 2020 CAS Board of Directors Meeting

Originally scheduled as an in-person meeting, the CAS Board quickly pivoted in light of growing travel restrictions to gather virtually on March 17 and continue our work on the strategic priorities of the CAS. Before I summarize the highlights from our meeting, I wanted to acknowledge and compliment the nimbleness of the CAS staff, Board, … Read more »

The Future of the CAS

“Running a business without a strategic plan is like driving across the country blindfolded without a map.” You may have heard different variations on this quote, originally attributed to Forbes. You can fill in the last part of the simile with any number of activities requiring vision or, metaphorically, understanding. Whether you choose the literal or … Read more »

Highlights from the November 2019 CAS Board of Directors Meeting

In pursuit of the Board’s efforts to serve and communicate with the members, this is another installment in our on-going series of blog posts summarizing highlights from CAS Board of Directors meetings. We hope that these posts help CAS members understand the role of the Board and the strategic issues the Board is addressing. As … Read more »

The CAS Trust Scholarship: Expanding its Reach and Impact in the P&C Actuarial Industry

Fall is upon us again, and university students have been back in the classroom for a few weeks now.  With the new academic year also come exciting changes to the CAS Trust Scholarship that will not only increase the awards available for college students, but also help position the CAS as the premier actuarial society … Read more »

3 Highlights from the CAS Leadership Summit

Over September 5-6, more than 80 Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS) leaders, both staff and members, converged in Baltimore for the annual Leadership Summit and related activities. The first day , CAS Vice Presidents hosted in-person meetings with their respective committee chairs and staff. Later that night Leadership Summit attendees networked and socialized at  a baseball … Read more »

Rating Variables, Educative Statements, and the I.I.I.

The CAS and the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.) recently released a white paper on the use of rating variables to develop insurance premiums. As a member of the CAS Public Relations Advisory Committee and a contributor to the paper, I would like to give you a little behind the scenes information about some of the … Read more »